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Eckerd's Sciences Showcased at 2012 St. Petersburg Science Festival

posted on 10/25/2012

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To celebrate the wonders of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), Eckerd College will be a featured exhibitor at the 2012 St. Petersburg Science Festival: Science in the Sun event on Saturday, October 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bayboro Waterfront of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. The 'Eckerd College Pavilion' will house nine hands-on activities and experiments operated by Eckerd faculty and students.

"Of all the institutions that are part of the Festival, Eckerd is the only one that offers Bachelor degrees in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Marine Science, Mathematics, and Physics," said Dr. David Grove, Professor of Chemistry at Eckerd College and member of the festival's steering committee. "Eckerd offers most of the subjects that comprise STEM and looks forward to showcasing the College's full array of science offerings to the Tampa Bay community."

Eckerd's experiments and exhibits are entitled, 'World of the Worm: The Genetics of C. Elegans', 'Build Your Own Scientific Instrument', 'Slowing Down Light: Optical Fiber Candy', 'Mirror, Mirror on the Flask', 'Marine Science: Touch Tank', 'Imagining and Creating Molecules', 'Slime Made Simple', 'Sedimentary Record and the Environment', and 'History in a Bottle'.

This free, family event is held in conjunction with MarineQuest, the annual open house of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Nearly 6,000 people attended the inaugural festival last year. This year’s festival will feature almost four times as many exhibits, eight food trucks and a full day of entertainment and presentations.

The kick off begins at 10 a.m. at Harbor Walk Circle with the Mt. Zion Progressive Baptist Missionary Drum Line. The public is invited to participate and join the marching band wind its way through the grounds along Bayboro Harbor to the entertainment stage for a welcome by the festival co-chairs and a "water works" experiment.

The Eckerd College Search and Rescue (EC-SAR) Team will also be present with a display booth focused on boating safety.

The St. Petersburg Science Festival is a collaboration among Eckerd College, USF College of Marine Science, USF St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg College, Draper Laboratory, Progress Energy, Paramount Power, AAA The Auto Club Group, Bayfront Health System, United States Geological Survey, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, The Pier Aquarium, Secrets of the Sea Marine Exploration Center and Aquarium, the City of St. Petersburg, Science Festival Alliance, yourmembership.com and Media Sponsors WEDU, BayNews 9 and WMNF 88.5 Community Radio.

For more information about the St. Petersburg Science Festival, the festival schedule and a list of exhibitors and their activities, please visit: www.stpetescifest.org.

The Sciences at Eckerd
Eckerd College has earned distinction as a powerhouse in the natural sciences. The College's newest construction, the Center for Molecular and Life Sciences, is a $25 million, 55,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility that will house Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry programs, as well as new academic initiatives that explore developments at the Chemistry-Biology Interface. Equipped with the latest in educational technology and scientific instrumentation, the Center will advance our science curriculum, and will quickly become the hub of the Natural Sciences at Eckerd College.

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